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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Maria João Rosa

Maria João Rosa
Head of Unit
Phone: 218 443 625

Professional Situation

  • Head of the Urban Water Unit
  • Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory (LNEC/NES)
  • Senior Researcher

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 1995 – PhD Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL), Portugal.
  • 1989 – Graduation (Dipl. Ing.) in Chemical Engineering (5 years), IST/UTL, Portugal.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Jan/2015 – … - Head of the Urban Water Unit (NES) – DHA/LNEC
  • Mar/2014 – … - Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory, LNEC EM Testing and Metrology
  • Dec/2006 – … - Senior researcher – LNEC, DHA/NES
  • Jun/2005-Dec/2006 – Associate Professor – University of Algarve
  • Fev/1997-Mai/2005 – Assistant Professor – University of Algarve

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Drinking water quality and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment and water reclamation and reuse
  • Advanced technologies (membrane filtration, adsorption, hybrid processes, flotation, oxidation)
  • Performance indicators and indices for water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs)
  • Energy efficiency in WTPs/WWTPs and strategic asset management
  • Control of contaminants of emerging concern, pharmaceutical compounds, cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, natural organic matter and disinfection by-products

Research and Professional Activity

  • Editor of "Águas & Resíduos” journal (2016-…)
  • Guest Editor for Water special issue on "Advanced Technologies for Water Reclamation and Reuse" (2020-2021)
  • Guest Co-Editor for Sustainability special issue on "Sanitation, pollution control and water management" (2020-2021)
  • Member of the Management Committee of IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group (MC Representatives - Portugal) (2008-…)
  • Portuguese delegate for ISO/TC282 Water Reuse (2014-…), former ISO/PC253 (2010-2013)
  • Member of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2011 - …)
  • President of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2011-2016)
  • Vice-President of APESB, the Portuguese Association for Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (2015-2018; 2007-2011)
Led 33 projects and participated in other 23 projects (national and international), e.g.:
  • 2015- ... p2i Water in the city. Transition for the cities of tomorrow. NES (Urban water unit of LNEC) strategic research framework project
  • 2020-2024. B-watersmart: Accelerating Water Smartness in Coastal Europe. H2020-EU.3.5.4. & H2020-EU.3.5.2.2, Grant agreement ID: 869171 (coordination of LNEC participation and Lisbon Living Lab mentor)
  • 2021-2024. EMPOWER+. Engineered and reusable nanoporous carbons for advanced water treatment (PTDC/EQU-EQU/6024/2020
  • 2018-2021. AVALER+. Assessment of energy efficiency and sustainability in urban water services. Cofunded by FAI – Fundo de Apoio à Inovação
  • 2017-2020. iEQTA: National Initiative for Energy, Water Quality and Treatment (Coordinator)
  • 2016-2019. LIFE Impetus: Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants (Coordinator) WEX Global 2019 award for "Innovation in Technology” (March 2019), PT Global water award 2019 for R+D+i (December 2019)
  • 2017-2018. LIS-Water – Lisbon International Centre for Water (H2020 Teaming), a centre of excellence on public policies, regulation and management of water services and resources (core team member)
  • 2013-2016. LIFE HyMemb: Tailoring hybrid membrane processes for sustainable drinking water production (www.life-hymemb.eu) (Coordinator) "a Best LIFE ENV project 2016-2017

Scientific Orientation

  • Post-Doctoral fellows: 7
  • PhD theses: 7 concluded, 2 ongoing
  • Master Theses and Graduation theses: 55
  • Visiting PhD students: 1
  • Staff Mobility for Training: 1
  • Project research grants: +756 person*month

Relevant Publications

540+ publications (h-index 22).
  • Silva C., Almeida C.M.M., Rodrigues J.A., Silva S., Coelho M.R., Martins A., Lourinho R., Cardoso E., Cardoso V.V., Benoliel M.J., Rosa M.J. (2021). Occurrence and seasonality of pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewaters in two Portuguese regions. Urban Water Journal, doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2021.1893365
  • Mesquita E., Ribeiro R., Silva C.J.C., Alves R., Baptista R., Condinho S., Rosa M.J., Perdigão J., Caneiras C., Duarte A. (2021). An update on wastewater multi-resistant bacteria: identification of clinical pathogens such as Escherichia coli O25b:H4-B2-St131-producing CTX-M-15 ESBL and KPC-3 carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella oxytoca. Microorganisms 9, 576. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9030576
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa M. J. (2021). Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic Microfiltration for Treating Challenging Waters for Drinking Water Production. Membranes 11(2) 91. doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020091
  • Viegas R.M.C., Campinas M., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa M. J. (2021). Hybrid Process of Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic MF for Removing Pesticides in Drinking Water Treatment—Inline vs. Contact Tank PAC Dosing. Membranes 11(2) 72. doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020072
  • Campinas M., Silva C., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa, M. J. (2020). To what extent may pharmaceuticals and pesticides be removed by PAC conventional addition to low-turbidity surface waters and what are the potential bottlenecks? Journal of Water Process Engineering. 101833. doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101833
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Silva C., Lucas H., Rosa M.J. (2021) Operational performance and cost analysis of PAC/ceramic MF for drinking water production: exploring treatment capacity as a new indicator for performance assessment and optimization. Separation and Purification Technology 255, 117443. doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2020.117443
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mestre A.S., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Andrade M., Carvalho A.P., Rosa M.J. (2020) Assessing the applicability of a new carob waste-derived powdered activated carbon to control pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater treatment. Science of the Total Environment 743. 140791. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140791
  • Ribau Teixeira M., Rosa M.J., Sorlini S., Biasibetti M., Christophoridis C., Edwards C. (2020) Removal of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins by Conventional Physical-chemical Treatment. Chap. 3 In Water Treatment for Purification from Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins. Eds. A.E. Hiskia, T.M. Triantis, M.G. Antoniou, T. Kaloudis, D.D. Dionysiou. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-92865-3, 69-98. doi.org/10.1002/9781118928677.ch3
  • Giacobbo A., Soares E.V., Moura Bernardes A., Rosa M.J., Pinho M.N. (2020) Atenolol removal by nanofiltration: a case-specific mass transfer correlation. Wat. Sci. & Technol. 81.2, 210-216. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2020.073
  • Silva C., Rosa M.J. (2020) Performance assessment of 23 wastewater treatment plants - a case study, Urban Water Journal, doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2020.1734634
  • Loureiro D., Silva C., Cardoso M.A., Mamade A., Alegre H., Rosa M.J. (2020) The Development of a Framework for Assessing the Energy Efficiency in Urban Water Systems and Its Demonstration in the Portuguese Water Sector. Water 12(1). 14 pp. doi: 10.3390/w12010134
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Rosa M.J. (2020) Pilot studies and cost analysis of hybrid powdered activated carbon / ceramic microfiltration for controlling pharmaceutical compounds and organic matter in water reclamation. Water 12(1). 13 pp. doi:10.3390/w12010033

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Member of PhD (22) and MSc (10) evaluation panels and 5 PhD advisory boards
  • Referee for 24 ISI journals
  • Session Chairperson and member of the Scientific Board of national (e.g. ENASB) and international congresses (e.g. IWA World Water Congress, IWA REUSE, SILUBESA)
  • Member of FCT evaluation panels for PhD (2011-2013, 2018, 2019) and Post-doc Grants’ funding (2011-2013)
  • Member of evaluation panels for international projects’ funding (Norway, France)
  • Member of the Jury of the Portuguese annual awards on service quality of water, wastewater and wastes utilities (2011-2015)
  • Coordination and teaching of short courses (7-21 h) on water quality and treatment held at LNEC, in companies and abroad

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